NHTSA Reports Decrease in Fatal Car Accidents

Feb. 11, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced their data shows a downward trend in motor vehicle accidents during recent years. An article from the Courier News discussed these findings in detail, reasons the trend is occurring, and what it could mean for motorists in the future.

Data collected by the NHTSA showed that 32,367 people lost their lives to motor vehicle accidents in 2011. This was the lowest number of fatalities the nation has seen since 1949. Totals from Arkansas paralleled these findings, with 549 people dying as a result of Arkansas Car Accidents in 2011, compared to 571 lives lost in 2010.

Experts believe the decline in fatalities can be attributed to safer vehicles being available today. Regulations now require standard seat belts and airbags, not to mention other advanced safety features a vehicle can be optioned out with. Many of these safety options have become available during the last decade.

The findings leave many asking if the downward trend will continue. Experts believe that, as the economy improves, the number of fatalities may once again rise.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are glad to see less accidents resulting in loss of life here in Arkansas but would like to remind drivers to always be vigilant in the face of the dangers on the road while behind the wheel of a car.

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